Here is a unique resume sample for a musician. This job seeker has started and worked with many bands over the years. His goal is to show that he now wants to either start or join a band and is ready for any future gigs! Let’s take a look at how he structures his resume for readers who may want to hire him.
About this Resume Sample
Matt (not his real name) uses the achievement format in a different way to provide a quick guide to his work as a musician. How does he show us his skills, talents, and gigs?
- Instead of using a more formal job objective, Matt puts his job title of “Musician” at the top of the resume, right under his name. He then lists the instruments that he plays, to make sure that the reader knows right away what he offers to any band.
- Since Matt’s first choice is to create a new band, one in which he is the leader, he gives his “mission statement” of what he is looking for at the top of the resume. He uses italics to catch the reader’s eye and to highlight what type of music he wants to play.
- Next, Matt uses the heading of “Strengths” to provide us with the talents that he brings to any band – both in terms of music and also the skills that he offers that will make a great show. In this section, he lists guitars that he owns, as well as other gear that will be vital. He also shows his great sense of humor, which is crucial to any band!
- The next section is titled “Band Experience.” This section is typical of an artist’s resume, whether the art is music, fine arts, or acting. On the first line of each band, Matt includes the name of the band, where they were based, the type of music that the band played, and the dates that Matt played with them. On the next line, Matt tells us what instruments he played, and what types of venues the band played.
- Matt also includes whether he was the founder or co-founder of the band, showing the reader that he has started and been the leader of many bands.
- Although Matt has listed a lot of short-term jobs on his resume, this is often the nature of the music world. He is not worried about this; he is more focused on having the reader know all of the bands he has worked with and led.
- Notice that there is no Education section in Matt’s resume. In his view, it was not needed to be part of this type of resume.
What else do you notice about Matt’s resume?
A Musician’s Sample Resume
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